Best guitar tube amp at/near $2k

grritz

The guitar plays me
Silver Member
May 2, 2014
780
Rock Hill, SC
Simple question: What's the best guitar tube amp out there at or near $2k?

I don't care what brand.
I don't care what tubes.
I don't care what speaker
I don't care what wattage.
I don't care what circuit.
I don't care what size, shape, color or weight.

I do care about playing blues more than other styles.

What do you recommend and why?

Go.
 

dogletnoir

V----V
Nov 1, 2013
13,346
northeastern us
i wholeheartedly endorse a blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb for that.
Just enough amp for a small venue, with great onboard reverb and tremolo,
not too heavy to carry around, compact enough to fit into the trunk of most
cars, and really nice breakup without having to be awfully loud.
At lower levels it makes a pretty decent jazz amp, and pushed, it can do the
rock &/or blues thing really well.
For larger venues, it is easily mic'd, too.
 
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colchar

Senior Stratmaster
Jul 27, 2010
1,912
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Simple question: What's the best guitar tube amp out there at or near $2k?

I don't care what brand.
I don't care what tubes.
I don't care what speaker
I don't care what wattage.
I don't care what circuit.
I don't care what size, shape, color or weight.

I do care about playing blues more than other styles.

What do you recommend and why?

Go.


Your question is ridiculously broad, and 'best' is entirely subjective.
 

Kerry Brown

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 5, 2014
1,273
BC, Canada
There is no best. You may find best for you but you will have to try a few before you find it. All amps in that price range will be very good amps. They will all sound different. Any recommendations you will get will be what that person thinks is the best. My recommendation is to take your guitar to as many stores as is practical and try as many amps as possible.
 

Chad Etchison

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 19, 2022
19
Columbus, GA
I would go for an original Deluxe, or an 18 watt combo or head/cab.

My reasons would be that a Fender Deluxe, with or without reverb is an excellent blues amp that can be gigged or enjoyed at home at varying volume levels, but still getting magic tone at lower levels. The 18watt combo would stay kinda dirty like a tweed, but if you plug into a 2x12 or a 4x12, it has wonderful cleans. Both amps are totally worth having for a blues set-up.

 

Torren61

Strat-O-Master
Dec 28, 2008
509
Humboldt County, CA
i wholeheartedly endorse a blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb for that.
Just enough amp for a small venue, with great onboard reverb and tremolo,
not too heavy to carry around, compact enough to fit into the trunk of most
cars, and really nice breakup without having to be awfully loud.
At lower levels it makes a pretty decent jazz amp, and pushed, it can do the
rock &/or blues thing really well.
For larger venues, it is easily mic'd, too.
Good luck finding a Blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb for $2000, lol.
 

Torren61

Strat-O-Master
Dec 28, 2008
509
Humboldt County, CA
This one (originals are going to cost more than I make in a month):


Or this one (if you can get them to ship):


Or, if you want something more contemporary and dependable with a KILLER tone:

 

grritz

The guitar plays me
Silver Member
May 2, 2014
780
Rock Hill, SC
This one (originals are going to cost more than I make in a month):


Or this one (if you can get them to ship):


Or, if you want something more contemporary and dependable with a KILLER tone:

Thank you for your recommendations. Very helpful. That Swart is especially enticing. I'm torn between jumping on that or waiting until I know and see more. Any thoughts on how the Swart compares with a Louis Electric Buster?
 

joebtone

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
1,583
Northwest US
Simple question: What's the best guitar tube amp out there at or near $2k?

I don't care what brand.
I don't care what tubes.
I don't care what speaker
I don't care what wattage.
I don't care what circuit.
I don't care what size, shape, color or weight.

I do care about playing blues more than other styles.

What do you recommend and why?

Go.
If you work on them yourself hand wired point to point is easier to service imo.
Prices on tube amps have exploded.
 

Torren61

Strat-O-Master
Dec 28, 2008
509
Humboldt County, CA
Thank you for your recommendations. Very helpful. That Swart is especially enticing. I'm torn between jumping on that or waiting until I know and see more. Any thoughts on how the Swart compares with a Louis Electric Buster?
I have that one, but in Tweed. You can run 6V6 or 6L6 tubes. I was just playing it a few minutes ago.
 

Scott Baxendale

Most Honored Senior Member
Gold Supporting Member
May 20, 2020
5,221
Athens Ga
Simple question: What's the best guitar tube amp out there at or near $2k?

I don't care what brand.
I don't care what tubes.
I don't care what speaker
I don't care what wattage.
I don't care what circuit.
I don't care what size, shape, color or weight.

I do care about playing blues more than other styles.

What do you recommend and why?

Go.
I like this. I think I got this for around $1800. It’s perfect for most gigs. B2B35FB6-8824-42AC-B767-066AA562C69D.jpeg
 

joebtone

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
1,583
Northwest US
Your question is ridiculously broad, and 'best' is entirely subjective.
It makes an interesting thread though.
I have a Swart 6v6 Space Tone and honestly I prefer my Orange Rocker 15. But they both sound good.
Shouldn’t true blues be played on an amp rigged from an old AM radio?
Yeah, mounted in a suit case. 😎
 


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